In recent years, there has been a revival of natural and herbal medicine for problems that conventional medicine has been unable to provide solutions for.
In herbs, many people have found relief from problems such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and overall aging. This is because herbs and spices are rich in antioxidants and minerals that provide the following benefits:
Fat Burning and Boosting Metabolism
Stabilizing Blood Sugar
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties
Turmeric: Called the yellow of the spice rainbow, Turmeric has a warm, peppery taste. It has long been used in China and India as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including
A 2012 study examined the ability of the spice to prevent heart attacks among bypass patients. The study followed 121 patients who had bypass surgery between 2009 and 2011. The study found that “the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may contribute to as much as a 65 percent lower chance of heart attack among bypass patients.”
Cinnamon: Anyone who has ever tasted a cinnamon bun can attest to its deliciousness, but the spice also has a host of positive effects.
Cinnamon is made from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree. Records of its use exist in Ancient Egypt, and recent research shows that two teaspoons of ground cinnamon provide you with 45.5% of your daily requirement of manganese, 11% of fiber DV, and 5.2% of your calcium. Cinnamon is also a beneficial source of iron, containing 8.3 mg per 100 g.
A University of Georgia study also found that cinnamon can prevent tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar.
Cumin: is a flavorful herb that is added to many Indian and Mexican dishes. Cumin contains Iron, Manganese, and other vitamins and minerals.
Cumin has been shown to have a great effect on one’s mental health. It is protective against memory loss in the elderly. It also protects against the damaging effects of stress on the body and mind.
Ginger: Ginger is a versatile herb that can be used fresh, dried or powdered. Ginger has been a key plant in Ayurvedic medicine, a system of traditional medicine in the Indian subcontinent.
Ginger is now a household staple, but most people are not aware of its medicinal benefits:
A study involving 74 volunteers carried out at the University of Georgia found that daily ginger supplementation reduced exercise-induced muscle pain by 25%.
Reduces nausea and vomiting from multiple causes: morning sickness, postoperative upset, chemotherapy treatments, and motion sickness.
Fenugreek: Found mainly in the Mediterranean, Fenugreek is a popular culinary spice. Fenugreek is a safe way of treating hormonal imbalances. Fenugreek seeds have also been found to:
maintain a healthy metabolism
increase libido and male potency
cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils)
treat sore throat
cure acid reflux
treatment of reproductive disorders to induce labor
Oregano: Oregano was seen as a symbol of happiness and prosperity in ancient Greek and Roman times. Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. It is also a great source of:
Vitamin K – which helps bone growth, the maintenance of bone density, and the production of blood clotting proteins in our bodies.
Dietary antioxidants – oregano contains very high concentrations of antioxidants (more than 75 mmol/100 g)
These spices and herbs are widely available, cheap, and make a delicious addition to your meals. Simply incorporating them into your daily lifestyle can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements.